It is a four and a half year degree Programme consisting of six months of compulsory rotatory internship.
Students with physics, chemistry, biology in 10+2 with 50% marks. In addition to this, in order to be a good physiotherapist a person needs to have excellent interpersonal skills. One should have patience, an understanding of people, a sympathetic approach towards patient and the dedication to cure them.
About the Programme:
The aim of physiotherapy is to enhance the health, functional ability and well-being of the population. Students learn both to promote the health of people of all ages and to use a variety of physiotherapy methods in the treatment of functional disorders. During the educational process there is particular emphasis on promotion of the functional ability of the elderly. Students practice the co-operation-, teaching- and guidance- skills which are essential in rehabilitation, in close co-operation with a variety of client groups. Students also practice the skills necessary in multi-professional team- and project-work. Throughout the education there is an emphasis on developing skills which are necessary not only for providing physiotherapy services but also for the development of physiotherapy practice.
Whether the daily aches and pains of the housewife, the neck pains of the IT professionals, the joint pains of the aged, or the serious accidents that come our way, physiotherapy has a place in every hospital and rehabilitation clinics all over the world .It holds the keys to rehabilitate cases of paralysis, fractures, muscle pains deformities etc., by promoting good health and therapeutic modalities and exercises.
Physiotherapy is a science where ailments are assessed, diagnosed and treated by physical agents like heat, cold sound, light and exercise. A truly wholistic approach is adapted in out rehab programs that extend in specialties in Orthopedics (bone, muscle and ligament), Neurology (nerves &brain), Cardio thoracic (heart and lungs), Pediatrics (children) Sports (Sport Injuries) and women’s health (OBG).
Physiotherapists are becoming an integral component of the health care system. As a part of this system they work closely with occupational therapists, speech pathologists, nurses, social workers, respiratory technicians, physicians and others. Physiotherapists treat a wide variety of ailments including back pain, neck pain, posture problems, joint or muscle pain, arthritis, breathing problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis etc. A separate division called sports physiotherapy has evolved to treat and prevent sports injuries. Physiotherapists use skilled “hands on” treatments such as massage, acupuncture, and manipulation. They use Lasers, Ultrasound magnetic fields, electrical currents and heat & ice to relieve pain and assist recovery. The individually planned exercise programmes, relaxation techniques, hydrotherapy and biofeedback have brought great relief to ailing patients.
The future of Physiotherapy looks both exciting and challenging. New fields of interest, such as preventive medicine and ergonomics, are opening up and an ageing population means that the need for physiotherapy services is on the rise.
Physiotherapists treat people of all ages from premature babies to very elderly persons, and virtually all the main clinical specialisms will have physiotherapy input. These specialisms include: amputees, cardio-thoracic surgery, intensive care, orthopaedics, rheumatology, stroke, cardiac rehabilitation, thoracic medicine, paediatrics, women’s health and care of elderly people. Therefore, the physiotherapist has tremendous scope in his/her choice of career specialism.
In India, the job opportunities for physiotherapists are tremendous as it is a field where the demand exceeds supply. Physiotherapists are needed in hospitals, nursing homes, orthopaedic departments, rehabilitation centers, schools for the mentally retarded and physically disabled children, defence medical establishments and so on. Their demand in medical institutions is increasing since physiotherapy plays an important role in the treatment of patients with muscular and cerebral problems. There is also a big demand for physiotherapists in Canada, Germany, the USA and other countries. Besides, there is a growing demand for physiotherapist in the sports field. Earlier, their demand was mostly confined to cricket but now their role in table tennis, lawn tennis, billiards, horse riding, swimming etc, is growing. After getting a Masters degree a physiotherapist can also opt for teaching.
Physiotherapist work in
a. Private Clinics
c. Rehabilitation Centers
d. Home Care Programs
e. Public Health Units etc
As Research Assistants in Medical Firms